Using the power of film, art and ideas, Mountainfilm inspires audiences to create a better world. Held every Memorial Day weekend, the Mountainfilm festival brings together a community of filmmakers and change makers, showcasing documentary films that celebrate adventure, activism, social justice, environment and indomitable spirit. We accept and screen feature and short films on a broad range of subjects. We are always interested in work that focuses on mountains (both symbolic and physical), mountain culture, and mountaineering, but we also showcase films about people who are dedicated to changing the world.
Mountainfilm promotes and encourages diversity behind the camera.
Mountainfilm in Telluride takes place the weekend of May 25–29, 2023.
If you have questions about the submission process, be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions and detailed Submission Guidelines on the Mountainfilm website.
Best Documentary Feature: $5000
Audience Choice Award: $5000
Women in Film Award: $2500
Moving Mountains Award (supports a non-profit featured in a film): $1000 + $1500 to the filmmakers
Charlie Fowler Best Adventure Film: $2500
Best Short Film: $1000
Student Choice Award (awarded by a jury of local students): $1000
-Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival. If your film is not a documentary, please do not submit.
-Feature documentaries are 40 minutes and longer. Shorts are under 40 minutes, including credits.
-Film entries may be of any length, from any country and on any subject in keeping with our mission. Films should either be in English or include English subtitles.
-At this time, we do not accept VR projects.
-With few exceptions, Mountainfilm requires that films have not screened or been broadcast in Colorado prior to the festival. We take other previous screenings, broadcast and online availability into consideration when making official selections.
-For the 2023 festival, we are seeking films making their premieres after May, 2022.
-We will consider films that have had an online presence, though our preference is to highlight work that has not already reached a large audience.
Submission Guidelines: PLEASE READ!
-Only COMPLETE applications will be considered. This includes full contact information, listing of all directors and producers, film synopsis and specs, hi-res production stills, a trailer (features only), a Vimeo screener link and director headshot and bio.
-We strongly prefer Vimeo links over FilmFreeway's video uploads as it helps us in our screener process.
-Your screener link must remain active until June 15, 2023.
-Entry fees are non-refundable.
-If you are from an LMIC, a BIPOC filmmaker or a student, please contact us for a submission fee discount code/waiver.
Due to the number of submissions received, we unfortunately cannot provide feedback on entries.